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Brenda Barton earns WSOS’ Spark award

Despite several changes of jobs and job sites within WSOS, Brenda Barton never lost her love for serving preschoolers and their families. She believes in the WSOS mission of helping people help themselves and that core value helped earn her the Spark Award for January.

Barton, an Oak Harbor resident and currently a center specialist at Genoa and Port Clinton centers, was honored for demonstrating leadership, quality and service, three of the five pillars of excellence, to children and families in the Early Childhood Program. According to her nominators, she demonstrated excellence through the quality of work she did and her leadership as she helped prepare the two centers for the accreditation process of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

“This award means a lot to me because I was nominated by the people I work with daily,” Barton said. “I appreciate that they see me as a leader and team member and that they realize that I work hard to help make our centers a great place for our children, families and staff.”

Barton was hired at WSOS in 1980 as a home visitor, a teacher who went to the homes of preschoolers enrolled in the WSOS Early Childhood programs. She would teach the child and instruct the parent on how to teach their child once the home visitor leaves. After ten years in that position, she became a classroom teacher at the newly established Genoa center. Later she was named the site coordinator/teacher. After another re-organization and change of job descriptions, Barton became the site coordinator. Throughout that time she served families at the centers in Port Clinton, Genoa, Elmore and Pemberville.

This award is presented to employees in the WSOS Family Development programs at who demonstrate innovative and caring service to the children and families of the program. The nomination must show how the nominee performs under the five pillars of excellence: leadership, quality, service, finance and innovation.

For residents who believe their families or a family they know could benefit from WSOS services, call WSOS at 800.775.9767 or visit www.wsos.org, or Facebook or Twitter.

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Senator Brown announces grant to help protect Lake Erie from Asian carp

 

This week U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the University of Toledo will receive $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to help protect Lake Erie from the threat of invasive species like Asian carp. Specifically, the grant will be used towards developing “next-generation e-DNA sequencing” technology to better help identify the presence of invasive species in the Great Lakes region.  

“This is excellent news for the Great Lakes region and the wellbeing of Ohio’s economy,” Brown said. “We rely on the Great Lakes to create jobs and help raise revenue for our local economies. With Asian carp a serious threat to the health of Lake Erie and its tributaries, this grant is a much needed step towards stopping the spread of invasive species.”

The EPA awarded the grant as a part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an inter-agency effort to target the most significant problems in the region and jumpstart restoration efforts to protect, maintain, and restore the chemical, biological, and physical integrity of the Great Lakes. According to the State of Ohio, more than $10 billion of the state’s nearly $40 billion tourism industry is derived from counties along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Brown continues to fight the spread of Asian carp in the Great Lakes region. He also continues to fight to ensure the Great Lakes receive the necessary funding to strengthen Ohio’s economy. Last month, Brown helped secure more than $300 million in the bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations bill for the GLRI. Last July Brown and U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) called on the House of Representatives to make immediate changes to a bill that would slash the GLRI budget by nearly 80 percent, from $285 million dollars to just $60 million. Currently, these cuts are still intact as the bill continues to be considered by the House committee. 

Brown is a co-sponsor of the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act (GLEEPA), bipartisan legislation which is aimed at preserving the Great Lakes and bolstering economic growth throughout the Great Lakes region. In May of 2013, the Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) which included an amendment Brown introduced that would prevent the invasion of Asian carp into the Ohio River. Based on the Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act, and passed unanimously 95-0, the amendment would enable the federal government to have a more effective partnership with state and local entities that are working to slow the spread of Asian carp.

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Otterbein presents “Protect Yourself from Identity Theft”

Bill Tuttamore, President of The Marblehead Bank, will be the featured speaker at Otterbein North Shore’s monthly Breakfast of Champions to be held on Wednesday, March 26, at 9 a.m. Following a complimentary buffet breakfast served by Chef Ron La Point, Tuttamore will discuss the recent events in the news regarding credit card information being stolen. He will also discuss how to look out for evidence that your I.D. has been lifted and how to better safeguard yourself for the future. This event is free and open to the public. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Kirsten or Jo Ann at 419-798-8250.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices in Lakeside-Marblehead is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 888-513-9131.

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Host families sought for exchange students

International Fellowship Inc., one of the oldest student exchange programs in the nation, is seeking families to host foreign exchange students. These high school age students are planning to arrive in August for the academic school year or semester. Families are invited to share their lives, homes and communities with a student. Single families and retired couples as well as two parent families are welcome to host.

International Fellowship, founded in 1952 and headquartered in Western New York State, has linked more than 25,000 exchange students with host families. A host family is asked to provide room and board and a supportive environment while the student attends the local high school The host family plays an active role in presenting American culture and making lasting memories that the student will take back to their family, community and country.

All students have their own spending money, transportation and health insurance and an eagerness to explore this new adventure. The student is monitored throughout their stay in the United States by International Fellowship local representatives. The representative also keeps close contact with the host family and local high school. The representative is the liaison with the schools, students, host families and IF staff. Someone from the IF office is available to host families and students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through an 800 number.

“Through knowledge and friendship come understanding and goodwill” is the philosophy of International Fellowship. Exchange students add an international dimension to host families, schools and communities. All grow in knowledge, understanding and acceptance of cultures very different from their own. Lifelong international friendships often result from being a part of the exchange student experience. These students help to support local economies and, in a most hopeful way, help to encourage world peace and understanding.

For more information, contact the website at www.internationalfellowship.org, or at 800.647.8839 or 716.326.7277 or fax at 716.326.7179 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Edgewood Manor celebrates Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was a special day for the residents of Edgewood Manor Nursing and Rehab of Port Clinton.  Due to the generosity of Kroger and their many loyal customers, each resident was given a special Valentine mylar balloon for their wheelchair as the Valentine party began.  “The balloons made us feel so special,” said resident Agnus Mack with a grin.  

Red lights, balloons, bright red hearts and cupids decorated the facility.  The living room was overflowing with residents and family as the Swingsters, a 20-piece big band, had the place hoppin’ for two straight hours.  Such old favorites as “Boogie Woogie Buggle Boy”, “Kansas City”, “Pennsylvania Polka” and “Sentimental Journey” were just a few of the songs that had the audience clapping and singing along.  Residents danced with staff and band members as the music brought back memories of days gone by, putting smiles on the faces of all in attendance.

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Danbury Township VFD presentation

Left to right: DTVFD Association members Tim Almendinger, Matt Hill, Trevor Ross, Judy Meyer and Interim Fire Chief Doug Waugh; Danbury Trustees Dave Hirt, Dianne Rozak, Fiscal Officer Shelley Seamon and Trustee Charles Scott. Mayor Jacqueline Bird was unable to attend due to a commitment at another event.

On Saturday, March 1, members of the Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department were honored at a banquet hosted by the Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department Association. The event commemorated the historic July 1, 2013, merger of the Lakeside and Marblehead Volunteer Fire Departments under the umbrella of Danbury Township. In November of 2013 voters successfully passed a levy to provide additional funding for the services provided by this consolidation. Both the Association and the Township Trustees were presented with a plaque honoring the merger. The plaque contains the names of elected officials and department members in service on July 1.

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Adult Ed - Office Administration Program

Registration is currently underway for the Fall Office Administration Program at Vanguard-Sentinel’s Adult Career Center. This is a full-time, 32-week program held at the Tech Center in Fremont, beginning August 25, from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with online coursework on Fridays. Students will graduate earning college credit for completing. 

The program includes training in an office setting with group and individual instruction. Along with learning Microsoft Office 2013, students can choose a Legal Administrative Office, Medical Administrative Office, or General Office/Bookkeeping pathway. 

The course content is integrated with computer applications and office procedures preparing participants to perform in a wide variety of office environments. The course also includes an extensive office externship where individuals gain valuable hands-on experience in a professional office setting. 

This full-time program has PELL funding for qualifying individuals. Workforce Development funding may also be available. No pre-entrance testing is required. All applicants will be considered. Seating is limited. For information, or to register, contact Becky at 567-201-2872.

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Kentucky Wounded Heroes coming to shores of Lake Erie

Kentucky Wounded Heroes is holding a three-day walleye fishing experience June 26-28 on the shores of Lake Erie. The event offers Kentucky's uniformed members of the United States Armed Forces, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical responders who have been injured in the line of duty the opportunity to fish, relax, and enjoy the natural healing resources that the lake has to offer. About 65 heroes are expected to participate this year, along with a number of volunteers. In addition to fishing the Great Lake, the group will tour Put-in-Bay and hold a wrap-up party at Tall Timbers Campground.

Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help with the event.  Anyone interested in making a donation, volunteering, or wanting additional information about the event or the Kentucky Wounded Heroes can contact Joe Hein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joe Stelzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.kentuckywoundedheroproject.org.

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Terra State’s Office Administration program information sessions

Taffy McKnight of Fremont gets instruction from Jolene Meyers during a recent Office Procedures class.

To educate prospective students about the challenging but rewarding and ever-changing administrative assistant profession, Terra State Community College is offering four informational sessions in March.

“The term secretary has become outdated because the role of those who provide support in business and medical offices has expanded greatly in the past decade or so,” said Jolene Meyers, Associate Professor in the Office Administration Program. “Today’s administrative assistants are responsible for a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently.”

Besides serving as information and communication managers for an office, they also plan events, schedule meetings and appointments, organize and maintain paper and electronic files, manage projects, conduct research, disseminate information using the telephone, mail services, websites and email, and handle travel and guest arrangements.

Terra State’s program prepares students for gainful employment as administrative assistants by earning an Associate of Applied Business with majors in executive and/or medical office administration. The curriculum is designed to offer courses that enhance students’ technical skills, communication skills, and leadership/management skills with an emphasis on professional work ethic.

The job outlook for professionally-trained administrative assistants is encouraging, according to Meyers. “While developments in office technology are certain to continue, there will be an increased demand for administrative assistants who are adaptable and versatile,” she said. “Furthermore, many administrative duties are of a personal, interactive nature and are not easily automated. Because technology cannot substitute for these personal skills, well-trained administrative assistants will continue to play a key role in organizations.”

The information sessions , March 18 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and March 19 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., will provide an overview of the program and answer questions of prospective students.  No registration is required.  All sessions will be in Building A, Room 204 (see maps at www.terra.edu). For more details, contact Jolene Meyers at 419-559-2356 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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